The following five are less things you must see and more places you must experience. I must admit these are not really things you can just do upon arriving in Johannesburg/Pretoria, it makes matters a lot easier if you know someone there, have friends there. I am lucky enough to know Rudolf from this beautiful place, so I could enjoy a lot of things a normal tourist couldn't.
1. Visit a Farm
You probably reread this twice, so have I. The typical farm image we get in Europe does not equal to the farm image in South Africa. The scenery is incomparable. There are no cows grazing on gras all day long, chickens running around wild and it does not have that smell which almost makes you sick to your stomach. In South Africa you will be on a beautiful property surrounded by the most incredible and beautiful vastness and peace.
2. Rosebank Market
This is a lovely little market situated in the heart of Rosebank a suburb Johannesburg. You will find all sort of enjoyments there; From amazing food to the cutest little gifts. There an adjacent shopping mall which makes it for a perfect little hang out on a Sunday afternoon.
3. Union Buildings in Pretoria
The Union Buildings are to South Africa what the the Capitol and the White House together are to the United States, with the exception that the South African President does not reside in the Union Buildings. The buildings are beautiful and surrounded by a large garden which is accessible to the public. It is located up on a hill so the view is not bad from there either.
4. Go camping into the wild
You are in South Africa, home of the big five, and you probably are going on a safari so why not take it one step further and pack out your camping gear in the wild. Well you can not exactly just set up camp in the middle of nowhere, but there are many lovely designated camping grounds where you can spend the nights surrounded by Zebras and nature. Here again it is convenient when you are with locals since they know exactly where and when to go.
5. Get lost
Well do not get too lost and make sure someone local is with you who knows exactly which areas are safe to go and which ones not so much. Grab your car and drive through the streets of Pretoria lined with Jacaranda alleys, best time is spring to see the purple to violet blooms, and visit lovely cafes and restaurants in the suburbs of Johannesburg.